Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month
Price, obviously. Very decent, given the capabilities of the display. The display has contrast pot soldered in and it's very nice for the prototyping work. It's quite bulky, though, so I will use it mostly to test my code before moving to slimmer/smaller display for the final product.
The piece I received was hard-soldered into paralel mode by shorting PSB pin to VDD (+5V). When I attemted to switch the LCD to serial mode, I effectively shorted +5V to GND and shut down both the LCD and the controller. :( Some other display versions have jumper for the connection; mine was shorted with 0-ohm resistor R9. After I desoldered it, everything worked as it should.
Aside from the no-documentation (which is kind of standard) and the nasty surprise with the PSB pin, it's a very nice piece of HW.
Hope this review helps somebody else to get the setup right right from the bat.
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